Unique coloration and patterns typify the glasswork of Ken Carder. His glass sculptures are usually blown or hot-sculpted glass, although he often uses casting and cold-working techniques as well.
Faces have been a prominent theme throughout his career. His current series “Ancient Voices” taps into the ancient tradition of figurative imagery. The vessels in this series are haunting and mysterious both in appearance and the underlying technique.
Carder studied art at Bowling Green State University (KY) and was Artist in Residence at the Penland School of Crafts (NC). His work is in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), the Asheville Art Museum (NC), the Hickory Museum of Art (NC), the Detroit Institute of Art (MI), the Columbia Museum of Art (SC), and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (LA).
Galileo's Daughter #1, a video of an optical glass sculpture by Ken Carder
“My ideas are generated in my studio, from the process and the material itself. My influences are diverse. I react to the collective greatness of artists across time, particularly those in media that show the mark of the hand.”